The longest stage of the race awaited the riders this afternoon as they left the start town of Bonferraro di Sorgà, with 177 kilometres to take on, including the tricky Selvino climb and a descent to the finish in San Pellegrino Terme.
It was an incredibly fast start to the stage with lots of attacks, where Marius Mayrhofer was particularly active for the team. The high pace continued as the race ticked by and eventually after over 100 kilometres of action a break of 13 riders gained a one minute and 30 second advantage, with all Development Team DSM riders in the peloton. The bunch didn’t let them go though and it was all back together as the peloton charged onto the ascent of Selvino.
Some probing attacks were made but no one was able to get away and over the top Gianmarco Garofoli and Henri Vandenabeele rode strongly to make it into the reduced peloton. On the wet and tricky descent, the team tried to take advantage of their good descending skills and pushed the pace on, stretching out the bunch. Managing to drop some riders with the group splitting, it became an attacking affair on the flatter final five kilometres. A solo rider managed to time their move well and hold on for the win, with Garofoli leading out Vandenabeele in the sprint behind, finishing in seventh and fourth respectively.